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Pastor Lukus Counterman

Pastor Lukus Counterman

Role: Lead for Preaching and Vision

God has uniquely gifted Lukus to articulate and proclaim God's word in our ministry context. Most recently, he pastored Wichita Falls Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. Having completed his doctoral work in expository preaching from Dallas Theological Seminary, he brings fourteen years of preaching, teaching, and pastoral ministry experience with him to Salt Lake City. While providing leadership through preaching, teaching, and ministerial team development, he also serves as an industrial chaplain at Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah. Lukus has been a reserve chaplain in the U.S. Air Force for almost six years.

John - That You May Believe
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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54 mins 37 secs
John 6 beautifully illustrates a very typical pattern in the Fourth Gospel. After a significant event is narrated, discussion with either the Jews or the would-be disciples follows. Their misunderstanding opens the way for Jesus to enter a major discourse that reveals more of his true nature. The events of feeding of the five thousand and walking on the water are followed by a discussion with the "crowd." Their failure to understand Jesus offers him the opportunity (and necessity) of expounding further about his identity as the Bread of Life. This is a further development of Jesus the giver of Life that had been the theme in John 4:43-5:47. - Roger Hahn
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Oct 08, 2017
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50 mins 8 secs
In this section of John, we begin to see people embrace Jesus for his miracles. Who is able to walk on water but someone from God? Who is able to feed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish but a Messiah? Will the onlookers understand the eternal implication of these miracles or will they seek to use Jesus to practically fulfill their earthly longings and causes? How about you—do you recognize Jesus for who He is and embrace His will and eternal plan, or do you recognize Jesus for who you want to be and what you want to accomplish? Is your life awesome because you are submitted and committed to God’s will or do you think about how awesome life would be if God would “show up” to do your will?
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
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47 mins 2 secs
One author stated, "Death is the country where every Christless soul lives. The man who knows not God lives a dying life, or a living death; but he who believes in the Son of God passes over from the empire of death, to the empire of life.” Have you passed over from death to life? Jesus is telling you the truth in today’s passage—and it is better to know the truth, however hard it may be to receive. There is eternal death as surely as there is eternal life. There is judgment as surely as there is love. Yet, you can honor the Father through the Son today. There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out all fear! Don’t let the confusion of cultural pluralism rob you of the clarity of Jesus’s words: “Truly, Truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” Hear the voice of the Son: choose life today.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
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31 mins 16 secs
* Due to technical difficulties a 20 minute segment of this sermon was not recorded (beginning at 4:54). In John 5:1-18, the evangelist records the third sign of Jesus, the healing of an invalid at the Pool of Bethesda. The physical restoration of this hopeless crippled man provides spiritual lessons for us concerning the powerful work of God’s grace. The Lord looks on the pitiful state of broken sinners, and provides the means of rescue for people like you and me. Jesus has divine power and authority to loose those who are bound, forgive those who are burdened, and heal those who are broken. May the Lord richly minister that grace to us as we receive his word today.
Standalone Messages
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
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37 mins 51 secs
The Scriptures teach us to honor what is honorable and praise what is praiseworthy, and so as we celebrate the 5-year anniversary of Gospel Grace Church, we will take time to do what Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” Authentic Christian leaders reflect a genuine love for and commitment to the people they have been called to lead. They serve with authentic motives and sacrifice deeply. That sort of service to the Lord and ministry to the body of Christ is worth imitating. May the Lord teach us walk in a manner worthy of the gospel mimicking those who God has placed as examples to the flock.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Aug 27, 2017
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58 mins 9 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Jews traveling between Judea and Galilee usually avoided Samaria, a land they considered defiled by Gentile intermarriage and religious syncretism. Rather than walking on impure soil, they descended the mountains surrounding Jerusalem to the Jordan Plain, journeyed along the eastern shore of the Jordan River, and then turned west into Galilee. Jesus, however, chose a direct route from Jerusalem to Cana, which took him through the Samaritan town of Sychar. He had a providential appointment with a woman battered by life and plagued with the consequences of sinful choices. Jesus was going to show that all people need to know and respond to the gospel.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
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55 mins 20 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - John the Baptist makes his final appearance in the Gospel and utters his most significant exhortation to his followers regarding the person of Jesus. He is the Son of God who must increase. John is going to teach us this morning why and how Jesus must increase in our lives.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Jul 30, 2017
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42 mins 14 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The gospel account moves from a wedding in Cana to the temple in Jerusalem at Passover. The careful description of Jesus at the wedding feast with the imagery of purification and celebration now confront the reader as they watch him enter the temple. While he was willing to maintain his “guest” status at the wedding, Jesus was not willing to remain a guest at the temple, his Father’s house. All of this is set in the context of revealing his glory and restoring the Father’s honor. Jesus cleanses the temple and predicts its supersession with his own crucified and resurrected body. Jesus would be the new temple, the new meeting point between God and man. May the Lord help us to recognize the eclipsing glory of Christ manifested in this text.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Jul 16, 2017
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59 mins 48 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The passage we will consider this morning reveals to us a series of testimonies supplementary to that of John the Baptist. These testimonies are arranged such that several people serve as witnesses assigning to Jesus various titles of dignity. Andrew names him the Messiah, Philip describes him as the Fulfiller of the law and prophets. Nathanael acclaims him as the Son of God and King of Israel. The passage moves toward a climax in which Jesus speaks of himself as the Son of Man and ladder to heaven. These various titles and testimonies are written so that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, we might have life in his name.
John - That You May Believe
Sun, Jul 09, 2017
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43 mins 47 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - “The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’” That verse is so familiar that it doesn’t shock us, but it should. That was a radical thing for John to say about a young Galilean carpenter to a bunch of Jewish people who for centuries had offered their sacrificial lambs at the temple! He was in essence saying, "This man is the One whom God has sent to be what all of those thousands of lambs over hundreds of years have symbolized! And He is not only the Lamb that God sent for Israel, but also for the whole world!” May the Lord teach us that it’s not about us but all about Christ. May our lives point to him in word and deed.